Alphaquin HP

Name: Alphaquin HP

Manufacturer

  • Stratus Pharamceuticals, Inc

  • Stratus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

How should I use Alphaquin HP (hydroquinone topical)?

Hydroquinone topical is usually applied each morning and at bedtime. Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Hydroquinone topical is for use only on the skin. Avoid getting this medicine on your lips or inside your nose or mouth. Hydroquinone may cause numbness of these areas.

Before you start using hydroquinone topical, you may choose to apply a "test dose" to see if you have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Apply a very small amount of the medicine to a small area of healthy skin, and check the area within 24 hours. If there is no reaction other than minor redness, begin using the full prescribed amount of the medicine.

Do not use hydroquinone topical on open wounds or on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin.

Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine, unless you are using it to treat the skin on your hands.

Apply this medicine only to the affected skin areas that need to be lightened. Try not to get any medicine on the skin around these areas.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 months of treatment with hydroquinone topical.

Use hydroquinone topical regularly to get the most benefit.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the container tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of hydroquinone topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using Alphaquin HP (hydroquinone topical)?

Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Hydroquinone topical can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors. Some hydroquinone products may contain sunscreen. Check the medicine label or ask your doctor to be sure.

Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes.

Hydroquinone topical may make your skin more sensitive to weather extremes such as cold and wind. Protect your skin with clothing and use a moisturizing lotion as needed.

Using hydroquinone topical together with benzoyl peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, or other peroxide products may stain your skin. This staining can usually be removed with soap and water.

Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.

Alphaquin HP (hydroquinone topical) side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using hydroquinone topical and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe skin redness, burning, or stinging;

  • severe skin dryness, cracking, or bleeding;

  • blisters or oozing; or

  • blue or black discoloration of the skin (especially if you are Hispanic or African-American).

Common side effects may include:

  • mild burning or stinging of treated skin; or

  • mild itching, redness, or other irritation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to hydroquinone topical: compounding powder, topical cream, topical emulsion, topical gel, topical solution

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have included localized contact dermatitis. Exogenous ochronosis (involving over 10,000 exposures under careful clinical supervision) has been reported at an incidence of 22 cases in more than 50 years.[Ref]

Some side effects of Alphaquin HP may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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